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First laparoscopic colon surgery performed at BGH

Dr. Karim Somani (l), BGH General Surgeon, and Anne Rodger, BGH Director of Surgical Services and Maternal/Child, flank two vital pieces of laparoscopic surgical equipment— the energy source and the connective ligasure (on table) that divides and cauterizes tissue safely and efficiently.

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Surgery at Brockville General Hospital (BGH) covered new ground November 24th with the first laparoscopic colon resection performed in the hospital’s history. Laparoscopic surgery is done with small incisions and special, minimally-invasive equipment. This type of surgery has been done at BGH for gall bladder removal, but laparoscopic colon surgery for cancer is something new. “The initial debate� explains Dr. Karim Somani, BGH General Surgeon who performed the new surgery, “with choosing laparoscopic surgery over traditional methods always is whether this is going to be equivalent to traditional methods. Will the outcomes change, perhaps be not as good?� “It has been put to rest in the area of laparoscopic colon surgery for

cancer,� he adds. ““Multiple large centre trials both in Europe and North America have shown

Other surgeons at BGH are very interested in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Karim Somani, BGH General Surgeon

equivalent recurrence and survival rates after laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer.� The minimally-invasive technique offers secondary benefits to patients—less post-operative pain, faster return of bowel function, and consequently shorter hospital stays. Fiscal benefits are gained with these

decreases in healing time as hospital resources can be distributed elsewhere more quickly. Having the necessary equipment, of course, is always part offering new services at BGH. “We trial different equipment for about three to six months as part of our due diligence, then make a decision,� explains Dr. Somani. “This has been done for this procedure and we hope to make a purchase in the New Year. “We have some of the tools in place as BGH already performs laparoscopic gall bladder surgery. However, we still need colonspecific equipment such as laparoscopic bowel graspers. They are much finer instruments needed for this type of surgery. The major need is an energy source—a tool

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City calls for removal of HST By

Erin Christie

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In what has been called an important advocacy motion, City Councillor, Leigh Bursey has brought forth a proposal that will call for the Federal government’s removal of HST from hydro bills and essential

heating fuels. Though the motion is considered provincial legislation and therefore would not be legally binding, Bursey suggests inviting neighbouring communities such as EdwardsburghCardinal and Smiths Falls to call on the provincial government to reconsider the tax. Though it was met with some ob-

jection, the motion survived a motion to table ‘indefinitely’, as well as to defer to another committee, finally passing 6-4, meaning that as a municipality, the City of Brockville, will now send a letter to the Premier’s office, calling for the HST to be removed from Hydro and essential heating fuels. “This is a big step, in

my opinion,” said Bursey. “We might not be able to make a final decision but it’s important to advocate. I realize that this tax was designed to cover the deficit, but the fact is that there are a lot of people out there, particularly in Brockville, who currently don’t make enough to pay income tax, and for them, this tax is a huge burden.”

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Nan’s Kitchen serves up holiday cheer Brockville’s Dream Team Shawn Dawson presented ‘Everest Adventure’ at the Brockville Arts Centre on December 29th, giving the audience a first hand account of the trials and tribulations he and his team underwent during their journey to the highest point in the world. Dawson showed the crowd a pictorial account of the climb through dangers that have claimed the lives of so many over the years, explaining exactly what was going through his mind when each photograph was taken. Dawson’s presentation was followed by the film ‘Everest’, the fatal story of a group of hikers in the spring of 1998, where many lost their lives. Dawson was later joined on stage by a group of locals that will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro later this spring. The group includes, Bob Van Blitterswyk, Stuart Spurrell, and Timothy Ross as well as a couple possible additions that will remain unnamed at this point. Canadian Aid for Chernobyl (CAFC) graduate Anastasia Pestava spoke on stage telling the audience about how the charity changed her life and the life of so many from her home country. All proceeds from the event went to the CAFC and the Dream Mountain Foundation. Anyone looking to sponsor the “Dream Team” climb up Kilimanjaro visit Dawson’s Dream Mountains Foundation website at www.dreammountains.comand. Then click on the Kilimanjaro Dream Team 2011 link. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

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The staff and volunteers of Nan’s Kitchen spread Christmas cheer as they prepare to serve the 68 guests who attended Nan’s annual Christmas dinner celebration. Since

obtaining ownership of the bustling eatery two years ago, owners Gary and Francis Blair have made it a priority to ‘give back’ to the community, by opening their doors on Christmas day to provide a warm, holiday feast, free of charge, to those who

would otherwise go without. “This year went off without a hitch,” said Blair. “We sent 68 people away with full stomachs and we had 30 volunteers, not counting the staff. It was a great day.” The Blairs also serve

those who may not find themselves without food, but may be on their own. Those people, Blair explained, often donate money, which the Blairs then give to a local charity. This year, the $200 raised will go to the Brockville Human Society.

BGH are very interested in minimally invasive surgery. Certainly, the support of the Department of General Surgery which includes Dr. Redmond, Dr. Hobden and Dr. Davison has been integral in launching the first operation,” Dr. Somani adds. “In addition, the Department of Obstetrics and Gyne-

cology has expressed interest in performing advanced laparoscopic procedures. We hope to offer this type of surgery more regularly in several

areas.” A second laparoscopic colon resection was performed December 20th, with more scheduled for the New Year.

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Local athletes head to provincial games By

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On January 20th, local residents, Taylor Reid and Neil Condron will cement themselves a place in Brockville’s history when they head to Thunder Bay, Ontario, and become the City’s first to compete in the Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games. As the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, the Games will offer more than 400 athletes from across the province, the chance, not only to compete on a provincial stage, but to potentially represent Ontario at the 2012 Special Olympics National Winter Games in St. Albert, Alberta. Participants compete in sports such as Speed Skating, Curling, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating and Nordic Skiing, which both Reid and Condron, will compete in. In addition to their regular exercise regimens, which include swimming, track and field, softball, soccer, ten and five pin bowling, floor hockey and golf, the avid sportsmen have trained vigorously

Local athletes Neil Condron, 30 (left) and Taylor Reid 26 (right) will embark on their highly anticipated journey to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where they will cement themselves a place in Brockville’s history when they become the City’s first to compete in Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

for the upcoming event, each running and skiing an additional 10 to 15 kilometres per week. For 30 year-old Brock-

ville native, Condron, who is also an enthusiastic member of the Brockville Road Runners, the mental and physical chal-

Kettle campaign supports local community programs By

Erin Christie

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As household costs continue to rise, more and more families are feeling the financial crunch. The Salvation Army launched its 2010 Christmas Kettle Campaign on Thursday, November 19th, to help those in need, both around the holiday season and throughout the year. The campaign, which will run until December 24th, will see nine of the familiar Christmas kettles, staffed by more than 80 bell-ringing volunteers, spread out across the City. Locally, the campaign has raised approximately $28,000 towards its $72,000 target, all of which will support hundreds of local families, many of whom need help meeting basic needs such as meals throughout the year, shelter and clothing. “What is important about this campaign in Brockville is that the funds that are raised stay within the community,

the goal is to bring hope and dignity to as many people as we can,” said Salvation Army volunteer coordinator, Hannah Cody. Cody continued that the campaign received an outpouring of support in 2009, with donations surpassing the $63,000 target, by $8000, for a total of $71,000, prompting them to increase this years’ goal to $72,000. “We’re always blown away by people’s generosity, and I think we’re off to a pretty good start this year,” said Cody. “We’ve also seen an increase in volunteers and had several local businesses and organizations ask to man kettles for a day. A lot of

times, people tend to forget about those in the community that don’t have. The amount of support we have received shows us that people in Brockville don’t forget.” While the Salvation Army’s traditional Christmas kettles are commonplace at many Loblaw and Walmart stores, LCBO outlets, shopping centres and street corners around the holiday season, the organization is now reaching out to a new generation of potential donors this year. On November 15th, the agency has launched a donation website, www.fillthekettle.com, where people can make online donations. The site allows donors to choose to donate to any of nearly 2,000 kettles across Canada or even start up their own virtual kettle, with all proceeds going to local initiatives. Other holiday initiatives include the Angel Tree and Christmas Basket programs.

lenges of the Games are familiar territory as this will be his third attempt at the provincial title, something Condron, and

coach Roy Brooks, feel he is ready for. “Neal is an old hand at this,” said Brooks who will also accompany Condron

and Reid to the Games. “Having coached him for ten years, I can say that he is a well conditioned and high spirited athlete that we all expect to see great things from.” For 26 year-old Reid, the Games are a relatively new experience that will allow him two new opportunities; to compete in a new sport, and to do it on the provincial level. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, where he has previously competed for the provincial title in five and ten pin bowling, Reid relocated to Brockville where he quickly became involved in the local Special Olympics. It was through his involvement with the group that Reid discovered his interest and talent for cross-country skiing. “It’s a good fit for Taylor,” explained Brooks. “Taylor has had a lot of endurance training and displays good sportsmanship, which is really what the spirit of the Games is all about.” “Skiing offers me a challenge, which I like, plus it’s good exercise, so I’m looking forward to competing in the Games. I’m excited and nervous. But I feel ready.” added Reid.

POLICE BLOTTER Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Between the 21st of December and the 22nd of December 2010 several vehicles were entered in the area of Col. Curry and Cunningham Crescent. Please remain vigiliant in securing your vehicle.

January 1st, 2011 On January 1st 2011 a 36 year-old male was arrested for assaulting a 23 yearold female. The male had fled the scene and was located later in the day after a short foot pursuit. The male was charged with Assault Causing Bodily harm as the female sustained serious injuries requiring medical treatment. The male was held for bail.

January 3, 2011 On January 3rd, 2011 at approximately 10:15 pm officers attended to a disturbance in the area of Bartholomew Street. At this time a 26 year old male from Brockville was located and arrested for Breach of Probation x 2 and Breach of Undertaking x 2. The male is being held for bail.

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Ten Questions with Leigh Bursey As one the youngest people to serve on City Council since former mayor and current MPP, Steve Clark, 23 year-old Leigh Bursey represents the voice of Brockville’s growing under-thirty crowd. Here, Bursey takes a moment to share his unique perspective when he answers Ten Questions for the Observer.

1. Do you have a motto? And if you do what is it? Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful... that’s what matters to me.” And that quote has kind of stuck with me. I also always liked “something worth doing, is worth overdoing.”

zuki, to politicians like Tommy Douglas, and great Canadian heroes like Dr. Frederick Banting who isolated insulin for treatment and saved the lives of millions of people suffering from Diabetes.

6. What do you do in your free time? I don’t really have a lot of free time. I’m involved in a number of committees, and I host youth music concerts through my company Concrete Angel Promotions. In my free time I like to write poetry and songs, and I really enjoy going to the movies. 7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d talk less, and make people wonder what I’m thinking.

8. What talent would you most like to have? I think speed-reading would be worthwhile for me. It takes me forever to find the time to finish a book anymore. That or break-dancing, but that doesn’t seem very practical.

He chooses to. Many people are blessed with incredible talents and overwhelming resources and don’t feel compelled to make the world a better place. Batman does, or at least tries to, and I think people empathize with that desire.

throughout the election to highlight the streets and roads I ventured down with a handful of my supporters to knock on doors and meet the citizens. It’s a steady reminder that hard work pays off, and to remember what got me where I’m going.

9. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Batman is the be-all and end-all of hero fiction in my personal opinion. I find Batman compelling because he doesn’t have to protect the citizens of Gotham.

10. What is your most treasured possession? Right now I would say my most treasured possession is my poor pieced-together, tapedup, water-damaged map of the City of Brockville. It’s the map I used

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Local business owners Gene (right) and Marsha Countryman (left) proudly display their unique selection of fruit and vegetable wine at their winery, Countrymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Estate Winery, located one kilometre east of Prescott. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

Local business owners discover their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;little piece of heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By

Erin Christie

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In their simultaneous search for work independence and family intimacy, local agriculturalists, Gene and Marsha Countryman have discovered what they refer to as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;little piece of heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. After more than 30 years of commercial farming, and a series of small business ventures, the couple achieved what they call, their first â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;real success,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a profitable, family-owned business, when they proudly opened Countrymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Estate Winery. Since launching the winery in 2006, the couple has expanded their selection from five fruit wines to more than 35 fruit and vegetable wines and has the distinction of being the first of its kind in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville as well as one of the first fruit wineries in Eastern Ontario. Recently, the couple has begun to expand their empire, adding a bakery, an ice cream parlour and soon, a coffee shop, which will feature a popular line of gourmet specialty coffees and teas. As they continue to grow their business, the Countrymans often find themselves reflecting on

their somewhat â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bumpy roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to success, and the odd turn of events that brought them to their current venture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to say we went to the school of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hard knocksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? said co-owner, Gene Countryman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a lot of uncertainty in agriculture and nature throws you curveballs.â&#x20AC;? Countryman explained that the idea for a winery began in the summer of 2005 when the couple discovered that they had a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bumper cropâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of strawberries to sell but unfortunately were not able to market a significant proportion of them before they spoiled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought about other ways we could convert a perishable product into a nonperishable product and came up with the idea of making wine,â&#x20AC;? explained co-owner, Marsha Countryman, adding that the winery also complements their existing market garden operation, which sells strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sweet corn, and other fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we had made a little wine for personal use before, we had never thought of doing it commercially. After some extensive research

as to what was required to start a winery in Ontario and whether there would be a market for fruit wine in the area, we applied for our licence and we were off.â&#x20AC;? Countryman continued that the pair quickly discovered that fruit wine was a growing industry in Ontario, and that there were no fruit wineries in the immediate area and therefore an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;untappedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market that included large centers within the region such as Ottawa and Kingston. The couple soon converted their storage facility into our winery and built a wine retail store and produce outlet using the existing bam and lumber sawed from trees cut from their farm. In terms of making the wine itself, the Countrymans developed their own recipes based on what they refer to as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;trial and errorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; process, which they say lead to the development of some unique wines made from produce not normally associated with wine, most notably

the Tomato â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Spice and Garden Salad flavours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the wine is made using produce from our own farm, or where possible, local growers. So we are able to offer a market for local producers of cranberries and apples,â&#x20AC;? explained Countryman, adding that he sees the winery as a stimulant of the local economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people take pride in the fact this is local, whatever we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow, we buy from local farmers. We support each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153; In addition to community support, the Countrymans attribute their success to the support of their family members and to the strength of their 38 year marriage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being self-employed and working with your spouse can be a challenge,â&#x20AC;? said Countryman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But through all the years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been together and all the ups and downs weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced in business but we believe you have to keep going if you want to get

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Looking forward A new year is upon us, so what better time to reflect on the past and to consider the future and itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; possibilities. For the Observer, the past year has been a whirlwind, beginning with our launch on April 22nd, followed by the highly anticipated release of our first edition on April 28th. Since then we have seen several exciting new changes and additions to our small community newspaper, including new staff members, new columnists and most notably, the launch of our website. In its current incarnation, the Observer consists of a diverse mixture of sports, news, features and photography, delivered by our dedicated staff which includes, president, Don Rivoire, general manager/editor, Austin de Luis, reporter, Erin Christie, receptionist, Amy Donovan, as well our advertising/sales team Jeff Rogers, Amber Salmon and Kevin Hoover. All that the Observer is and strives to be would certainly not have been possible without a few key events. The first being the purchase of a partnership with St. Lawrence Printing Co. Ltd. by J.A. (Jack) Morris, a young soldier from Chesterville, Ontario, who had returned home after the second world War in 1948. When his partner passed away in 1964, Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, John A. H. Morris purchased the shares from the estate to become his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner. The partnership between the two Morris men saw the company begin to flourish, and expanded to include a sheet fed and web printing plant, and seven newspapers; the Manotick Messenger, the Barhaven Independent, the Prescott Journal, the Packet, the Winchester Press and the Business News. When John passed away in 2004, ownership of the company passed to his wife, Beth, a former high school math teacher. Shortly after his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing, popular journalist Jeffrey Morris, retired from his career in sports marketing returned to the area to join the family business, writing and editing three of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newspapers. In 2009, the Morrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; were joined by experienced business owner, Don Rivoire. Under the leadership of the Morrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Rivoire, the businesses were soon amalgamated to form the Morris Group, with Beth Morris as CEO and Rivoire as President, their mandate; to bring exclusively local news to every community within their jurisdiction, which now included Brockville, and thus the Observer was born. Introducing a new publication to a community that already had two well-established publications was a risky venture, but Morris and Rivoire were willing to take that chance. They felt that there was a place for a independent community newspaper. Like any other business, the Observer has definitely experienced some growing pains, but it is the support of our readers, our advertisers and our tireless staff that brings our newspaper to your doorstep every week, and for that, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to thank you. In 2011 we will continue to expand and diversify and improve in our continued effort to become Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority in news, sports, features and everything in between. Austin de Luis

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Furthering one thing, through another Finding your path as a teenage stu- best league. He simply asked me a dent-athlete can sometimes be over- question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you going to be in the whelming and with so much going on top 10 per cent of the league within your life at this age, focus can, at in two years?â&#x20AC;? When I really looked times be lacking. The right guidance at the question, my answer was no. His advice was simple at this time, can mean at this point. Look to everything in the long get a scholarship and run. AUSTIN have something to fall Whether you are a DE LUIS back on if the fairytale young athlete looking of playing NHL hockey to further your education through sport, Observer Editor wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in my future. My case fits solely for or simply looking to University Sport as the next step in the young hockey player, but the overyour athletic career, there are many all message fits all student-athletes. reasons to make this your focus dur- What is it that you want to do with your sporting career and your life outing your teenage years. Sports are always at the forefront side of sport? One can help feed off of a teenage athletes mind, whereas the other, and a back up plan is always schooling and grades may not be. This the best policy. It is sometimes hard isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what a parent would like to hear, for a teenager to think about anything but the focus on the two as a pairing outside of the their dream and this is can keep the young student-athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where parents and coaches come into attention on where it needs to be. The play, to help make them understand overlying message is simple; you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all aspects of their future. It can be conveyed easily in this have one without the other. I fit into this category in my teenage way. Post secondary sports are a great years, knowing that hockey was my life and I was willing to do anything to option for the next step in your playfurther my career. The OHL was the ing career and an education is paraquick option, looking to jump into the mount to everything you will do in Major Junior ranks as a springboard your adult life. Whether the latter to get to the NHL. This is not a likely means as much as the former to the option for most, as I had explained to athlete doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter, as long as the me by a family friend that had gone two are presented and obtained as a that route and made it to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s package deal.

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Chile and Carmenere offer great start to the New Year Happy New Year! 2011 stretches before us with promise and an array of tantalizing possibilities. Although it’s a new year the mission remains the same, to explore the world of wine and find interesting new wines that offer quality and value, in short, tasty wines at reasonable prices. Part of the effort to do better is to listen to the readers. If you have questions, areas you’d like explored, topics for discussion or anything else please drop me a line at offthevine@hotmail. com. Mail is always welcome! There are two areas that I’ll try to do a better job exploring this year. A number of readers have made inquiries about organic wines. It’s a concern to a growing number of wine lovers and deserves some attention, not only from the point

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of view of wines, but also from the technical side dealing with standards and criteria needed to be labeled organic. A reader suggested we should flip the column around, so to speak. Wine selection drives the column and foods are paired with the wines. How about every now and then starting with food and selecting wines to match? A capital idea that we’ll utilize more this year. Our first wine of 2011 is Xplorador Carmenere 2009 (CSPC# 177816, $9.95) from Chile. Carmenere is known for its dark colouring and deep flavours and Xplorador has these in spades. A great buy by any standard, it also serves as a

superb introduction to what this grape variety can offer. This relatively inexpensive Carmenere is part of the Conch y Toro family, which also includes the Casillero del Diablo and Frontera labels, brands known for

deep, inky purple colour will catch your attention. This lip staining, tongue painting colouring is typical of Carmenere. The open nose is just shy of boldness and offers tantalizing ripe berry, plum, vanilla and coffee aromas. Look for a silky

lessly balancing the abundant fruit uit is an ample backbone bone of acidity that makes this friendly y Chilean a prime candidate for food d pairing. The finish sh has good length ngth and plenty of

their high quality to price ratios. Considering the price it is surprising to learn that 40% of the final blend has been aged in French oak, which adds an extra dimension of flavour to the wine. It’s likely that the wine’s

smooth palate with the aforementioned deep fruit flavours. You can expect cassis, black plum, dark fruit and fig flavours, nicely augmented by hints of coffee or mocha, vanilla, spice and a slight smoky quality. Seam-

flavour. On first impression Xplorador comes across as bold and brawny, but soon settles in at the medium bodied level.

It falls somewhere between the weight of a twe Cabernet Sauvignon Cab and a Merlot, exhibits some of the charactersom istics istic of both, and can used as a tasty subbe u stitute for either. stitu The book on Carmenere is that it is m a superb barbecue wine, fantastic for burgers, steaks and ribs, which is true, but only half the story. If you are one of those who grills o all year round by all a means match it with m one of the above. o But our tasty Chilean B also deserves a spot a in the winter kitchen. Its deep flavours also It make it a nice partner m for hearty stews, pasta fo with meat sauce, wi pork loin, roast beef, po poultry and spicy meat dishes such as chili and tortiere. Enjoy!

Mars or Bust! The time to explore is now The future exploration and settlement of Mars is not only important, it is essential for mankind’s survival in our universe. Populating other celestial bodies in the solar system will help ensure that man will endure. No matter what we might accomplish in world peace, or global clean-up of our environment, there will still always be a danger from Near Earth objects like asteroids, which could possibly destroy all that we have built and survived. Despite all of this, exploration of the unknown is a given amongst humankind, as our past endeavours have proven, and until a shuttle mission in 2000, sent up to conduct radar mapping of the Earth, humans had mapped and photographed more of Mars than our home planet! The Mars Global Surveyor sent back thousands of

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high-resolution images as it orbited the red planet, stirring our imaginations with photos of the ‘face’ on Mars, and the gullies possibly carved by flowing water down southern facing slopes on the Martian surface. In 1997, the Pathfinder mission, with its small Sojourner rover astounded the masses with high-res pictures from the surface, something which had not been seen since the twin Viking missions of the 70’s. Now, we have a literal flotilla of spacecraft exploring Mars, from the Mars Odyssey orbitor, to the amazingly long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers, which have been roaming Mars from different sides of the planet, and sending back reams of data for an

unprecedented four years now. A manned Mars mission would seem to be the next logical step for us, with Terra forming ideas and the eventual colonization of the Red Planet to be handled by future generations, until we have a sustainable presence on another world. How do we accomplish this feat? If as much energy, and money was invested in space ex-

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Finding the meaning of Christmas ANOTHER VOICE Karen MacDonald-Hurley

When I was asked to submit an article for the year end review, I wondered if I would have found ‘the meaning of Christmas’. Each December I witness or experience a random event which becomes life changing and becomes a theme as one year closes and another one begins. Call it divine manipulation or the universe speaking to me but for as long back as I can remember in my adult life a random event, known as ‘the meaning of Christmas’ has occurred and this year was no different. I have been working in a small community where the economy is severely depressed but also dependent on a summer tourist season. The rate of unemployment and incidence of mental illness and poverty is high among the small population. I cannot say that statistically but in Brockville, where the same conditions exist, there is a blended, more diverse economy and similar type folks are camouflaged among the larger population. In Brockville there are middle and high income individuals who support the various fund raising drives. That we know statistically from the consistently exceeded fund raising targets. In the small

community I have dis- less, skinless chicken bread and butter to round covered hungry kids and breasts, fresh broccoli, it out into a more satiating have shared similar stor- Christmas oranges and meal? I wondered why I was ies with associates who Christmas chocolates and placed in that checkout are involved with youth goodies. I never seem to have at that time but I knew it programming in Brockville. Here too in Brock- my reusable shopping was to reinforce the mesville they find kids are bags in the trunk of the sage that there are hungry hungry. But how can that vehicle I am using that day people living right bebe in a country like ours, so I was struggling with side me as I live in such the static cling of the plas- abundance. The young in our own communities. Poverty yes, mental tic grocery bags. I noticed boy and his father put a illness yes but hunger? the next customers in the face on hunger, an imHungry kids live in huts checkout line and they age which will stay with me 14for WEDNESDAY, a while. JULY 7, 2010 or in the streets Page They unknowingly in countries on pushed me out of the other side of I wondered why I was my comfort zone the world where placed in that checkout into what I am just there is no arnot sure. able land and the at that time but I knew it I have donated animals and humans live in simwas to reinforce the message to the food bank and various other ilar conditions. that there are hungry causes and I will I think like continue to do so this because of year-old Maltese Elsa. with renewed comthe TV ads I have people living right beside me Unfortunately, We closer still miss her. Our to them, adjusting we have THE mitment. seen; you know new Boxer Joey has their beds.The nurses spent a lot of time at the as I live in such abundance. O’GRADY keptjust When I cannot those sensationus don’t very busy havewith the time Brockville General FILES contribute finanal ads where we training, and asdealto be there they are Hospital this past month by Monica O’Grady I will try to spread are encouraged to adopt were gone and passed by cially ing with withother the energy patientsadoing with our son. It has been wordfrustrating and help to share the child sitting with flies me while I was still bag- the very puppy has critical to offer! nursing. more be told storyand ofover need with ravaging their thin bodies ging my groceries. It was the over We have someis an I am very thankexample again to go nurses, the patients do Another had or volunteer when with failure to thrive eyes. a young father and his son others hospital visits, that who ful that this year has to Ottawa or Kingston by not get the care that they older gentleman, I will thank a Locally I thought the food who looked to be about 5 needed. thankfully have notroom been interesting and everyone. The people need. Unless a family was in the same bank volunteer and bank was really just to top years old. In their hands foodthat been too serious, and generous to our family. are saying it have no member is with the another time. His meals up what people already was a single can of alpha- those who work with the My older son has some family gatherings idea of the excellent care patient at all times, they would come, the nurses had. The end destination ghetti. I heard the clerk mentally ill and poor. been studying hard in that have been very enthat our son has been need to wait to be helped would set him up in his I will tell them I think of those canned goods ask them for 49¢, which Montreal, the infam- joyable. My husband receiving. The nurses on for little things, that chair, and he would just I drop into the grocery the dad counted out in they are doing meaningful ous middle son has re- and I enjoyed a fantasthroughcruise the whole when two youlicences are ininthetic sleep the floor have ceived andsecond are appreciated. store bins were stored in change and took his can work Caribbean time. What he really patient’s position are big been incredibly caring Seeing the young boy and cupboards, of less fortun- without a bag. his career and is pur- together for our 25th needed was someone to things. and positive, even Still bagging my gro- his dad was this year’s ate people, not as laden suing the rest at school anniversary. We also feed him, as he had no though they are extremeMy husband and I have as mine but not to be their ceries, I watched them meaning of Christmas this year. Being down both had a momendo year. it himself. helping ly short-staffed. Staying Appreciate what I only meal. These last few leave both dressed in for me. tobeen only one child different living tousstrength birthdaytothis Again, the nurses patients in the same at the hospital overnight months I have met and their bulky winter coats have and share with those in our house has been We have both been just have that enough roomanas our son withverydon’t even Christmas, less staff on, quite do not. worked with folks who de- and boots, hats and mitts thatwith adjustment. fortunate our time to behave able been to givefulhim the these little sadly thingslost – likecareers never season get a break. wonderful of spite their challenges are ready to walk to their des- the they We have care he stable. needs. When they pulling friends, up their blanket, Unfortunately, with should not end on the some hungry and I still didn’t tination carrying their giving and and filling doin have moment, or getting extra blan- All shortage,25th whichrather I don’t we get it until the random supper. As I climbed December all, aour family they have an welcomed be the as start (or are friends’ event happened just a few into my vehicle getting it should been I they new babies helpblessed. as much as ket because they arehaswill understand, there of a year of giving. it comfortably warm for birth) weeks ago. into theorworld. can.everyone I nevergood see any cold, pushing a tablewish plenty of unemployed I was in the grocery my drive to Brockville I For me finding the meanIt was a sad time health and happiness ing of Christmas lasts all store checkout line, after thought about them. when we lost our 17 in the New Year! Would they have some year long. work, packing my bonetopics are things of which By Rod Charlton Contributing Writer I was thinking about Ed the public may be aware Sullivan this evening. It’s and on which they likely There has been a lot of have an opinion. Sunday, dinner is done discussion in the media and there’s nothing What can the average lately over the concept of entertaining television our Family Careon Plan, to ment to increased access individuals who have enable them to create jobs. Stephen Harper’s closed- with“junk reader do to discern science” What is on Sunday night when education they are and being provide financial assist-any laidand off –why some sev- weto higher Here in Leeds-Grenville door, invitation-only, style beenthis, should conned junk sci- ancemore. to suchCartoons families toand will with enable more I talk with par- training we held three Public Policy of politics. I spent two eral times. be concerned? made for TV movies don’t ence? Look at the evihelp them to keep their Canadians to create and grown children Forums – in Brockville, days “on the bus” with the ents with Junk science usually seem to scream dence. Ask how it was to thetomis-applicaare unable get jobs fill these new jobs – and families together. Not onlyout Gananoque and Kempt- tour, and attended events who refers "watch me". solution The show derived. Checkhere to see of their science, in thekeep a better the work at if is this match educaville - and reported the key in eight communities in that tion Criminal Minds just there was any evidence form of studies, tests etc. home. Our commitment for families, it will reduce tion – or any jobs at all. findings to Steven Harper, Eastern Ontario. creeps me out. 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The year 2010 was a busy one for federal Liberals in Leeds-Grenville and across Canada. On Parliament Hill, the year started off with controversy: Stephen Harper Prorogued Parliament, shutting the government down for nearly 3 months and delaying 36 bills while he “recalibrated”. According to media reports, the cost to taxpayers was nearly $50 million. While Parliament was shuttered, Liberals kept on working, holding over 50 public hearings. I attended several sessions. We heard from veterans who described weaknesses in the help that they receive after being injured in the line of duty. And – importantly –the business community explained to us the actions needed to

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY LOVIE continues from page 9 allow working Canadians to save more through an expanded Canada Pension Plan. Yes, some of the Liberal commitments will cost money. But we balanced the budget before and we have a plan to do so again - a plan to stop corporate tax cuts and build fewer mega prisons - while the crime rate is falling for over a decade. Many people express frustration over the high level of taxes that they pay. They know that taxes are necessary to pay for our public services, but are not sure that they are getting value for their money. They shake their heads about the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s billion dollar three-day international meeting in Toronto â&#x20AC;&#x201C; complete with the Fake Lake. Many do not understand the changes to the census that will provide governments will less reliable data â&#x20AC;&#x201C; while costing more. On the issue of our future role

in Afghanistan, I continue to hear opinions on all sides. One young man who had worked in Afghanistan reported that the Afghanis pleaded with Canadians to stay because our troops excel at working with local communities. Others see the mission as futile and want us out. I support the future training mission, as a lower cost and lower risk way to pass on our expertise to those Afghanis who are risking their lives to build a better country. On a lighter note, I walked and shook hands along the Christmas parade routes in six communities, accompanied by a cute little float and 20 volunteers handing out thousands of candy canes. We all had fun, and brought smiles to the kids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the adults liked the candy too! As your Federal Liberal Candidate, I want to wish each and everyone a healthy, prosperous 2011.

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Looking ahead at a great 2011 in Brockville Here we are, a whole new year. I must be at or over the middle age hump because at every new year now I think of past milestone years like 1984 (from the book) or 2000, (the millennium), then I think of how long ago those dates now areâ&#x20AC;Ś.For the past couple of weeks the media has been asking for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions and predictions for the city what will we see for the coming year? Hmmmâ&#x20AC;Ś we will see at least one

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Box sector along Parkdale Avenue. The Official plan will be approved and good for another 20 years. The waste management plan will be approved which should add some fairness to how we treat private roads in the city and make us a little more green. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have discussions with Eliza-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This means, in a boiled down version, that we are going to continue to focus efforts on redeveloping our downtown through densiďŹ cation and regeneration, that we will focus economic development activities on the creative economy...â&#x20AC;?

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Mayor Henderson and maybe two developments start to build downtown. We will see additional commercial developments in the Big

bethtown-Kitley over boundaries and taxes that will get people excited. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have discussions with the United

Counties over who pays for what and who decides what that will make other people excited and will be similar to discussions we have had for the past ten years, sort of like being in a marriage. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the results of the Police and Fire arbitration processes and even more people will be excited Now letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start thinking a little bigger, beyond one year. The newly elected council has a

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mandate for 4 years and the council endorsed the existing strategic plan. This means, in a boiled down version, that we are going to continue to focus efforts on redeveloping our downtown through densification and regeneration, that we will focus economic development activities on the creative economy and nurturing small companies and entrepreneurs, that we will

invest in amenities that will attract young families and make life better for all of us, that we will try to be greener and do all these things financially prudently. If we prove determined in moving the City forward and measuring decisions against the goals of the strategic plan, we will make headway, we will create jobs, we will have a better city in which to live. Keep in mind, all

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Crusaders in Florida The St. Mary Crusaders Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Basketball Teams traveled to the KSA PreChristmas tournament held at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida from December 16th - 19th. Both the Junior and Senior Teams participated in this event and represented our school with pride. The Junior team finished with a 1-2 record and ran into some tough competition against some strong Junior Varsity (JV) teams from various places across the United States. The Junior Crusaders played strong and aggressive defence against their U.S. counterparts, but just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish successfully on the offensive end. The Senior Team also had some tough competition, but came away with a 2-1 record at the tournament. In their first game the team had an overtime win against Auburn High School from Virgina. Rebecca Perry hit a 3 point shot to tie the game at the end of regulation and send the game into overtime. The Final score was 46-41. At the end of the game coach Matt Reil and LGSSAA first team all-star Aleisha Bates were interviewed on ESPN. To watch those interviews and some footage from the game go to You Tube www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bIfNmEYhyQQ In their second game the Crusaders faced the Glace Bay Panthers from Nova Scotia. St. Mary came out very flat and struggled to score all game long. Unfortunately, the team lost a low scoring game 24-30 and suffered their first loss of the tournament. In the final game of the round robin format, the Crusaders faced Jenkins High

Resolution Run-January 2, 2011 The Resolution Run was a great hit attracting dozens of participants in unusually mild conditions for the first event of the New Year. The 1 km route took young runners around the St Lawrence College campus with the event being won by 12 year old Brynn Gilmour in a speedy time of 3:39. The 5 km route took participants through the north end of the city in a loop that started and ended at the Brockville Memorial Center. Jacob Smith led the pack finishing in a time of 16:10, well ahead of second place Robert Cooper. Emma Selleck was the first woman in with a time of 21:27. The event was sponsored by the Brockville Legion Athletic Club as a fund raiser for the local running club coached by Bob Tucker. Refreshments and prizes were donated by the following local businesses: Brettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valu-mart, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Hang Ups, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish and Chips, Swiss Chalet, Casual Living, Kelseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, Bulk Barn, Subway, Luna Pizzeria, Reliable Home Furnishings, Metro, Burnbrae Farms and Maple-Lyn Holsteins. .05$&(5(68/76

The St. Mary Crusader senior womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team won their division at the KSA Tournament.

School from Kentucky and saved their best game for last. The Kentucky squad was very physical and played a style of basketball that most Canadian teams were not used to. However, the ladies persevered against this and came out with another win 55-46. With Auburn and St. Mary both posting records of 2-1, the St. Mary Crusaders won the tie breaker format (head to head) and came away with 1st place in the Freedom Bracket as the Champion! Rebecca Perry was named the team MVP and was awarded a $350 post-secondary scholarship. Junior Team members that attended the trip were: Hillary Jonker, Kasey Mooibroek; Alana Logie, Taya Heldens, Kara Jones, Lindsay Dennis, Paige Dorey, Julia McCaughertyJansman, Emily Allard and Kiera Minkhorst. Senior Team members that attended the trip were: Rebecca Perry, Brittany Throop, Taylor Murray, Beth Rogers, Aleisha Bates,

Danika Moodie-de Luis, Brieanna McLean, Korina Graham, Shannon Greer, Emma Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and Rebekah Beattie. Senior Coaches Matt Reil and Dave Edwards, along with Junior Coach Stephanie Koekkeok would like to thank everyone who helped to make this experience so successful. Many parents, teachers, administrators and secretarial staff all played key roles in assisting with the large adventure. Without this help a trip of this magnitude wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been possible. Hopefully in 3 or 4 years St. Mary can send some more teams down to the KSA Tournament again. Stayed tuned for more Girls Crusaders Basketball adventures as St. Mary will be hosting â&#x20AC;&#x153;AAâ&#x20AC;? Senior Girls OFSAA in November of 2011. The 3rd Annual Crusader Fundraiser Golf Tournament will be held at the Brockville Country Club in July to help support this amazing event. Hope to see you there! GO CRUSADERS!

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Rideau-St. Lawrence Kingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; G #32 Gabriel Radmore makes a save on a Nepean Raiders forward during Bell Capital Cup Major Peewee AA roundrobin action at the Ray Friel Centre in Orleans last Thursday (Dec. 30, 2010). The Raiders won the game 4-1. For more information visit www. bellcapitalcup.ca

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Braves on a roll heading into showdown with Colts By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

The Brockville Braves picked up right where they left off before the Christmas break, winning three games last week, bringing their current streak to six consecutive games. On Tuesday, the Braves travelled to Hawkesbury for the first leg of a homeand-home series with the Hawks. In a very one-sided game, the Braves outshot their hosts 38-12, but had a hard time finishing and only managed a narrow 3-2 victory. Tyson Wilson got the visitors off the mark with his 12th of the season. Wilson leads the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blue liners in both goals and points (12-20-32). A pair of goals from leading scorer Kenny Matheson in the second period gave Brockville a 3-1, his 17th and 18th goals of the season. Justin Gilbert played well when called upon, stopping 10 of the 12 shots he faced. Brockville received multipoint games from Wilson, Matheson, and Sebastien Gingras who recorded a

Justin Gilbert keeps his eye on the puck as a pair of Carleton Place Canadians cause havoc in front of goal. Gilbert and the Braves won the game 4-2 for their sixth consecutive victory. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

pair of helpers. On Thursday, the Braves welcomed Hawkesbury for the return leg. In similar fashion, the Braves badly outshot the Hawks 48-27 en route to a 6-4 victory. After a 17 shot first period the Braves took a narrow 1-0 lead into the first intermission on

Kyle Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11th goal of the season. In the second period the two teams traded goals back and forth with David Roy and Mike Skakum netting their 9th and 13th goals of the year respectively giving Brockville a 3-2 lead heading into the final 20 minutes. The Hawks tied the

game early in the third period before a pair of goals from Chris Roll and Skakumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second of the game put the game out of reach. The Hawks managed a consolation goal with only 10 seconds remaining to round out the scoring, giving the Braves a 6-4 victory. Brockville received

multi-point games from Skakum (2-2-4), Roll (2-13), Scott Dawson (0-3-3), Stan Smrke (0-2-2) and Maxime Dumond (0-2-2). William Betts was solid in goal stopping 23 of 27 shots he faced, giving him a 13-2-0-2 record on the year. On Sunday, the Braves hosted the upstart Carle-

ton Place Canadians. Another early start set the tone for the game, with Brockville jumping out to the early lead less than a minute into the game. Matt Chartrain opened the scoring with his 8th of the year and Roy and Smrke made it 3-0, before a pair of quick goals from the Canadians cut the lead to 3-2. Skakum scored the third periodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only goal to make the final score 4-2 for the hosts. With six consecutive wins the Braves have separated themselves from the middle of the pack and kept pace with the Cornwall Colts and Pembroke Lumber Kings. The three perennial CHL powerhouse organizations look to be the front runners again in the title race. Brockville faces a huge challenge this weekend playing both Cornwall at home on Friday and then travelling to Pembroke on Sunday. The two games will go a long way for the Braves if they look to narrow the gap between the Colts and Kings. Game time on Friday is 7:30p.m. at the Memorial Centre.

Generations Braves spotlight of the week:

Justin Gilbert & Tyson Wilson By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Generations Braves spotlight is on a pair award-winning players from the month of December. Justin Gilbert of the Brockville Braves has been selected Goalie of the Month. Gilbert was solid all month winning 4 of his 5 starts for the Braves, he sits tied for third in overall goalie categories with a 16-5 record, 2.35 GA and .913 Save Percentage. Gilbert picked up

exactly where he left off in the playoffs, Fred Page and Royal Bank Cups last season, playing solid in every outing, whether or not he faced a high number of shots. Gilbert has perfected the skill of keeping himself in the game, when the workload is small, something that can be very difficult for a goaltender to do. It is very easy to get complacent when your team is dominating games and shots come sporadically. Tyson Wilson also received an honorable mention for the CHL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Player of the Monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Wilson is leading all league defensemen in scoring this year with 12 goals and 32 points, good for second place in team scoring as well. Wilson

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HOCKEY

Junior Braves meet in tourney finals to end great week

A great week for the two Brockville Novice B teams as they each went 4-0 on there way to meeting in the championship final. After a hard fought 3 periods of play with some great goaltending by both Xavier Martell and Brandon White, it was the B1 Braves coming out victorious with a 3-1 victory.

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Game 3 Brockville B1 - 10, Cumberland Warriors - 1 Brockville goals - Garrett Hough 3, Cameron Karasiuk 2, Brandon White 2, Dylan Wren, Clark Moore, Matt Worden

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The Brockville Boston Pizza Atom C Jr. Braves placed third in the Atom C division in the 12th Annual Bell Capital Cup winning the Bronze Metal this past weekend. The Bell Capital Cup is the world’s largest hockey tournament for Atom and Pee Wee level hockey with 493 teams participating this year.   Brockville played great outscoring their opponents with 26 goals for to 4 goals against and ended the tour-

nament with a solid record of four wins and one loss. This is the second tournament medal the team has won this season after winning the championship game and gold medal in a tournament held in Russell, Ontario. Team Members: Christian Sine, Ryan Goodwin, Megan Read, Callum Hall, Carter Reil, Kevin Wells, Tyler Pidhirny, Dylan

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Clark praises volunteer program as 25th year approaches By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

Leeds-Grenville MPP and Opposition Citizenship and Immigration Critic Steve Clark is urging organizations in his riding to make sure they nominate volunteers for this year’s Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. The program, which will mark its 25th anniversary this year, is important not only to recognize and thank volunteers, but to encourage them and inspire others to follow their example Clark said. On December 9th, Clark joined Citizenship and Immigration Minister Eric Hoskins in praising the province’s volunteers and the legacy of the Volunteer Service Awards in the Ontario Legislative Assembly. In his speech, Clark praised those selfless Ontarians who put their own busy lives on hold and give their time and money to

help those in need. “It was an honor to speak on behalf of Tim Hudak and the PC Caucus about the invaluable role volunteers play in communities right across Ontario and, of course, here in LeedsGrenville,” stated Clark. “It’s frightening to imagine what life in Ontario would be like for even one day without the nearly eight million Ontarians who give over 800 million hours of their time to more than 45,000 organizations.” “Just think of the good deeds that would go undone and the people who would be left wanting.” Since its inception in 1986, more than 150,000 volunteers have been recognized through the Volunteer Service Awards program. The awards recognize youth volunteers who with two or more consecutive years of service

to an organization and adult volunteers with five or more straight years of contributing to their community. Recipients are nominated by their organization – which can include not-for-profits, boards and commissions, businesses, schools, municipalities and long-term

care homes and hospitals. The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 25. The awards will be presented to local recipients during ceremonies in Ottawa, Kingston and Cornwall in June. “I attended my first Volunteer Service Awards ceremony as

MPP in Kingston earlier this year,” said Clark. “I was humbled to be in the presence of so many who have given so much to build stronger communities in Leeds-Grenville.” “I look forward to meeting many more during this summer’s ceremonies,” added Clark. Nominations can

be made online or the forms are available to download by clicking to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website at www.ontario. ca/honoursandawards. Forms can also be picked up at MPP Clark’s constituency office located at 100 Strowger Blvd., Suite 101 in Brockville.

Ad and Sales Club meeting set for January 12 The Greater Brockville Ad and Sales Club hosts monthly meetings at the Brockville Country Club. On the second Wednesday of each month, business leaders come together to network and to showcase their businesses. After enjoying a meal together, these leaders engage in a learning experience. On January 12, we welcome David R. Dean to our meeting as our keynote speaker. David Dean is a for-

mer senior executive and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). During his consumer marketing career, David gained extensive experience at various middle and senior management levels with The Hudson’s Bay Company and Sears Canada. He has owned and operated his own companies including a franchise operation. David has been an adjunct faculty member at St. Lawrence College. Also, David has

been a Board of Director member with a number of different organizations. During his career, David has managed and held senior regional positions of Ontario stores. As National Manager, he was in charge of the buying and marketing organization of Women’s wear, Cosmetics and Linens. David also has extensive international experience dealing with procurement. His communi-

cation skills and profit planning are recognized as some of his core competencies. As well, his knowledge of business planning and buying enables him to focus on strategies targeted at organization buyers and value added resellers. Dinner meetings are free to Ad and Sales members. Guest fees are $45. To reserve a seat for this dinner meeting, please call Anna Hudson at 613-342-7961, ext. #30.”

St. Mary’s food drive raises record breaking number In the true spirit of Advent, the staff and students of St. Mary Catholic High school have raised a record-breaking, grand total of 50,000 items through their annual Advent Canned Food Drive. “It was incredible,” marvelled Chaplaincy Team Leader, Catherine Cavanagh. “At the end of the count they had raised 49,000, so the students went to Brett’s Valu-Mart around the corner and asked if they’d donate the remainder and they did. I’m truly amazed by the dedication of the students and want to thank Brett’s Valu-Mart for helping us achieve this.” The staff and students of St. Mary Catholic Highs chool deliver and unload items collected during their annual Advent Canned Food Drive at Operation Harvest Sharing in Brockville. Chaplaincy Team Leader Catherine Cavanagh, noted that not only did the items fill the shelves of the food bank, but were so numerous that the remainder were taken to Wall Street United church to be stored.


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Clark demands Premier scrap job-killing payroll tax (QUEEN’S PARK) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark called on Premier Dalton McGuinty to scrap his job-killing payroll tax hike before it takes effect on January 1st. Dozens of industries – including those in the hard-hit manufacturing, natural resources and agriculture sectors – will see double-digit increases at the beginning of 2011. “For employers in these industries across Leeds-Grenville, this means every single person in their employ receiving benefits through WSIB will cost their business hundreds of dollars more in taxes every year,”

stressed Clark. “Paying more taxes is the last thing employers need right now as they struggle to recover from the economic woes they’ve endured on this government’s watch,” noted Clark. “While the Ontario PCs have been calling for a payroll tax holiday for businesses, Dalton McGuinty has been so distracted by spending scandals and waste, he thinks the only answer is to slap more taxes on employers.” This blatant tax hike on jobs and job creation comes as a result of the government’s mismanagement of the Workplace Safety Insur-

ance Board or WSIB – an

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organization that is infamous for its wasteful spending. Now, they’re looking to

pass the cost of that waste and mismanagement on to Ontario businesses. Both the Chamber of Commerce of Ontario and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business have expressed outrage, calling it an “irresponsible tax grab.” Rather than develop their own action plan to address the situation, the WSIB appointed a committee to do a one-year review of their funding system – to be released conveniently after the next election. Clark called on McGuinty to scrap his plan to increase payroll taxes on Ontario business. At the very least, said

Clark, the government should wait to hear the committee’s recommendation.

QUICK FACTS: “We have one message for the WSIB – stop this irresponsible tax grab.” (Catherine Swift, CFIB President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Media Advisory, October 7, 2010) Dozens of Ontario industries will see double digit WSIB premium increases as of Jan. 1, 2011, including: motor vehicle accessories, 20%; poultry farms and agricultural services, 19.5%; fruit and vegetable products, 19%; homes for nursing care,

17.1%; motor vehicle assembly, 13.5%; and pulp, newsprint and specialty papers, 13.4%. Even Dalton McGuinty admits now is not the time to increase payroll taxes: “A hike in EI premiums, to my way of thinking, at this point in time… I think runs counter to what we need to do in order to ensure that people regain more confidence everyday about a growing economy.” (Canadian Press, Sept. 9, 2010) Last week Dalton McGuinty pushed for more CPP payroll hikes, when families can’t afford more payroll taxes.

MPP pushes government to ensure Ontario farmers come first (BROCKVILLE) – LeedsGrenville MPP Steve Clark is determined to ensure Ontario’s hard-working farmers are at the head of the table when it comes to supplying food products to provincial institutions. Clark’s first step was to submit Order Paper questions to Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews and

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Jim Bradley. The questions ask how their ministries source food products and whether they give preference to those from Ontario and Canada. “I think every consumer should think Ontario first when buying their groceries. So, it’s absolutely essential for the

government to lead by example when it comes to supplying food to its institutions like hospitals and jails,” stressed Clark. “Ontario farmers, particularly those here in Leeds-Grenville, produce the safest, highest-quality food in the world. I just want to make sure they get put at the head of the line when the ministries do their shopping,”

added Clark. Clark said he wanted to focus on hospitals and jails first. Depending on the response, he said he will consider expanding the scope of his inquiry to other ministries such as Education and Colleges, Training and Universities.

QUICK FACTS: The two Order Paper

questions submitted by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark: 256. Mr. Clark — Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care provide details as to how hospitals source food products and whether they give preference to Ontario or Canadian made products.

December 9, 2010. 257. Mr. Clark — Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services provide details as to how correctional institutions source food products and whether they give preference to Ontario or Canadian made products. December 9, 2010.

Invista helps United Way reach goal in LIVE United campaign Representatives from Invista presented the United Way of Leeds and Grenville with a cheque for $6,222.00 in order to help the organization achieve their LIVE United Campaign Target of $965,000.00. From left: Crystal Sled - business relations manager, Tanya Noyes - financial services manager, Klaas deVries - Industrial Sector representative, Bill Byker - Human Resources Manager, Invista Kim Earl – Invista, Guylaine Lawrence - Invista SUBMITTED PHOTO


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“The Fighter” features performances that scream Oscar Academy take note: “The Fighter”, which opened nationwide in December, hits hard and heavy and is a real contender for Best Film. This is a movie based on a true story about two brothers, drug addiction, family bonds and the world of boxing. It is an ensemble piece that benefits from strong realistic performances, great writing, pacing, humor and depth. This movie tells the tale of Dickey Eklund and Mickey Ward. Dickey, (Christian Bale), “The Pride of Lowell, Massachusetts .” is a small time professional boxer whose claim to fame is that in one fight he knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard. His younger half-brother Mickey (Mark Wahlberg) has followed in his footsteps and is now the family face in the boxing ring. Dickey is Mickey’s trainer, brother, friend, and is also a crack addict. When we first see Dickey, he is being interviewed for a TV movie which he says is about his comeback, but is really about crack addiction and how far local heroes can fall. Bale plays self delusion better than anyone. It seems that at times even Dickey believes his comeback hype. During this movie we see Bale strung out, messed up, scrawny and wild. This is a performance that screams Oscar. Mark Wahlberg is a solid actor who gains our sympathy, respect and embodies our dreams for a better life. He plays a man who is a victim of his family’s expectations and his own insecurities. He needs to come out of the shadow of his famous brother and become his own man. Much of “The Fighter” is about family dynamics. Alice Ward, played by Melissa Leo is a steel willed matriarch. Besides being Mom, she was Dickey’s and is Mickey’s manager, and needs her boy to fight to pay the bills. She prides herself on being in charge of her celebrity sons, refusing to acknowledge their weaknesses and personal failures. In scene after scene we see her take charge of situations, blind to other people’s views and the dark realities that are staring her in the face. Leo brings a natural quality to her performance and deserves a Best Supporting Actress award for her role.

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The movie is divided into two acts. The first part is all about Dickey’s addiction and Mickey’s failing as a boxer. Things come to a head when Dickey is thrown in jail for assaulting a police officer and the crack documentary is shown on national television. Dickey’s fantasy world comes crashing down with the airing of the show, bringing him to his knees in desperate prayer. At the same time, Mickey, who has seemingly given up on himself and has stopped training gets out of bed and heads out to the gym. The second act is the cliché boxing movie that everyone expected to see when they paid for their tickets. There is something in the visceral thrill of seeing two men beat each other into oblivion that makes for great cinema. We see Mickey train and fight battle after battle, leading up the classic fight that closes the show. The movie is shot in a low budget documentary style that gives the story real weight. This is an American tale made for the big screen. Bale’s performance is so real, that even though he is a Hollywood star, at times he is un-recognizable as Dickey Ward. Both his performance and that of Melissa Leo are really what elevate this film into high art. This is a dark movie about pain, both personal and physical, and how love and dedication can help one rise above it. I really enjoyed it and predict that it won’t be overlooked at Oscar time. Check it out!!!

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale give solid performances in “The Fighter”, a gritty, dark tale about the world of boxing, family ties, addiction, and stepping out of the shadows.


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crossword *(790*695 - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, now is the time to reciprocate for all of those favors that others have done for you. When someone close to you asks for a favor, be the first to jump.

(8<(90<:- Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, if others arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open to your advice, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t persist in giving it. Take a break from offering advice and focus on your own situation if the time allows it.

70:*,: - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, though you and a romantic partner are worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apart in interests, this opposite nature is what has attracted you to each other.

(90,: - Mar 21/Apr 20 Be especially decisive this week, Aries. Important decisions wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t settle themselves. You can ask for advice, but you ultimately have to make the choice.

;(<9<: - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, this an especially important week to stay alert. Open up your eyes and ears and be ready for all that is about to come your way.

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*(5*,9- Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, someone seeks your advice this week but you are not around to offer it. Help the best you can when this person turns to you down the road.

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=09.6 - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, avoid blaming others for your situation. Some self-examination reveals you are the only one that can be held accountable. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for a change.

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Nominations needed for new leadership award The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is bringing in the New Year with its first-ever Economic Development Leadership Award to recognize volunteers serving the region. The Counties will present the premier Warden’s Award in February to an individual who has provided outstanding commitment and leadership toward the growth and vitality of the Leeds Grenville economy. “Our objective is to pay tribute to a citizen

     who has volunteered their time to make Leeds Grenville a better place to live and work,” United Counties Warden Mel Campbell said. “There are many leaders in economic development in our many respective communities

across the counties. This is for them,” said Campbell, noting nominations are being encouraged from across the United Counties. The inaugural award will be presented at the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Leader-

Make sense of insurance In life, is some amount of risk inevitable? If you answered yes, you’ve just made the case for owning insurance. Victor Skot, FCA is one of four principals in the consulting firm Benefit Partners, which specializes in group benefits, pension plans and executive compensation strategies in the Barrie area. He says that having insurance is the easiest way to make sure there is an umbrella over your head, not just on rainy days, but when thunder showers hit. Here are some points that Skot suggests to keep in mind as you decide what kind of insurance you need, how much you need and when to purchase it. Start with a solid financial plan – Good business advisors will include insurance as part of your bigger financial picture. They will help you determine where you are today, where you want to go, and where the road is that connects the two. They should spend time getting to know you and your family, and offer a plan that’s both financially secure and flexible enough to allow for changes in circumstances as life progresses. Protect those you love – “Most Canadians are highly in debt,” Skot says, “living pay to pay.” What happens when a chunk of that income suddenly gets interrupted or stops altogether? Life insur-

ance gives family and loved ones the funds to keep operating, at least for a while, if a principal breadwinner should pass away. And these days, it only makes sense for both wage-earners in a family to be insured. Protect yourself - If you don’t have some disability coverage through your employer, consider a policy that would at least provide living expenses if you were unable to work due to illness or injury. Banks will often insist you have a plan to pay the mortgage if you should die or become disabled, and may even offer you their own brand of insurance. Skot suggests you shop around to find the best protection for you, your home and your money. Protect everyone else - Homeowners often fail to consider what might happen if a neighbour slips and falls in their driveway. Public liability insurance for your home is just as crucial as it is for your car. Protect your property - If you have a home, cars or anything else of value, you need insurance. A policy will protect you against calamity, damage or theft, and banks and other financers will often insist you carry insurance

in order to qualify for a mortgage or loan. Special circumstances, special needs - If you work from your home or run a business from it, make sure your property and casualty insurance company is aware of it. Professionals who give advice to the public (i.e. doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc.) are usually well advised to carry errors and omissions insurance to protect them and their clients/patients. The insurance policies all Canadians have - We all have access to certain public forms of insurance or support, more commonly referred to as Canada’s social programs. Employment Insurance provides a certain level of income for a finite period under specific conditions, including maternity leave, lay-off or short-term illness. In Ontario, the Workers Safety and Insurance Board offers compensation to people hurt on the job, providing the employer has participated in the plan. And all Ontarians rely on the most heavily accessed, most expensive and most important kind of insurance of all: the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. Brought to you by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

ship Forum on Thursday, February 10. The deadline for award nominations is Wednesday, January 26, 2011. “These are our ambassadors and we want to acknowledge their achievements,” said Leeds Grenville Economic Development Department Manager Ann Weir. “We’re looking forward to our inaugural award presentation. I think our annual Leadership Forum is the perfect time and place to present it,” noted Weir.

Eligible nominees may be involved with local municipal Economic Development Boards, Community Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, industry associations and other economic development organizations. Practicing economic development professionals and current elected officials are exempt from the award.

Nominations are now being accepted. Application forms are available online at www.

leedsgrenville.com or at the Economic Development Department at 32 Wall Street, 3rd Floor, Brockville, ON, K6V 4R9. Completed nomination forms are to be forwarded to the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Department or e-mailed to econdev@ uclg.on.ca. For more information contact: Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager United Counties of Leeds and Grenville 613-342-3840, Ext. 5365

Managing your Money Decisions, decisions – is it better to contribute to investments held within an RRSP or a TFSA? Debbie McAllister – Division Director, Consultant You have limited funds and you’re wondering whether it’s better to put them in your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or in a Tax-free Savings Plan (TFSA) eligible investments. That depends on two factors: How frequently the funds will be removed from and re-contributed to either investments within an RRSP or TFSA in the years leading up to your retirement. If you are going to need the funds prior to retirement and intend to recontribute them at a later date, a TFSA may be the better option because you can make withdrawals at anytime and the contribution room is restored; but when you make RRSP withdrawals, you lose that contribution room. What your marginal tax rate is today and what your marginal tax rate will be when you finally remove the funds. Generally, if your marginal tax rate is lower at the time the funds are removed from your registered plan at retirement, the RRSP option will usually produce a better result – but that is only true if your marginal tax rate actually is lower. Your marginal tax rate can be influenced by income-tested benefits including the Age Credit, Old Age Security (OAS), the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and the GST Credit. Because they are income-tested benefits, they are reduced or clawed-back as your income increases, ultimately disappearing entirely at an upper threshold that is different for each of the benefits. If the funds you remove from your RRSP or TFSA after age 65 increase your taxable income and result in the loss of some or all of your income tested benefits, you will have effectively – and perhaps substantially – reduced your income and increased the tax you pay. And you would have cancelled out some or all of the value of your RRSP or TFSA withdrawal. There is no doubt that RRSPs and TFSAs play key roles in financial and retirement planning and there are strategies – like income-splitting – that you can use to reduce your taxable income and avoid clawbacks. Your professional advisor can help you decide what’s best for your situation. This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact Debbie McAllister for specific advice about your circumstances: debbie.mcallister@investorsgroup.com

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t refudiate our new words As I type â&#x20AC;&#x153;refudiateâ&#x20AC;? to start this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column, the first of the New Year, the red squiggly line appears under the word. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because, according to the fine folks at Microsoft, refudiate is not a word. Well, it is now. The New Oxford American Dictionary has announced that refudiate, a non-word made famous by Sarah Palin during a July appearance on Fox Newsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hannityâ&#x20AC;? show and then later on a tweet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;refudiate,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; we have concluded that neither â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;refuteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nor â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;repudiateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seems consistently precise, and that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;refudiateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;reject,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Oxford University Press said in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Refudiateâ&#x20AC;? became an instant classic back in July when national media and Palin watchers ridiculed her for using a non-existent word that seemed to be a cross between â&#x20AC;&#x153;refuteâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;repudiate.â&#x20AC;? In 2006, Ohio Republican Senator Mike DeWine said on

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Fox and Friends, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think anyone that is associated with him campaigning needs to refudiate these comments.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Refudiateâ&#x20AC;? was named word of the year over â&#x20AC;&#x153;banksterâ&#x20AC;? (a member of the banking industry perceived as a predator that grows rich at the expense of those suffering in a crumbling economy) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;gleekâ&#x20AC;? (a noun used to describe a fan of the television show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glee.â&#x20AC;?) Refudiate joins a list of other word of the year winners that includes tweet, bailout, truthiness, plutoed, metrosexual, weapons of mass destruction, chad, and Y2K. I guess, being a columnist, there is some fascination with these words which, every year, work their way into our vocabulary. I love new words and expressions, but we have to be so careful to know when words and expressions are played out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My badâ&#x20AC;? was once so cool, but it is now so 20 minutes ago. If you read the col-

umn regularly, you will know that I love to make up words and expressions. You will have read that Diet Coke and theatre popcorn butter are both â&#x20AC;&#x153;chemicaliciousâ&#x20AC;?, that I am â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruralsexualâ&#x20AC;? and was fascinated with â&#x20AC;&#x153;religitainmentâ&#x20AC;? when I lived in the US bible belt, that I am still trying to get my weight below two-thirty-twelve, that last January it was colder than Karla Homolka, and you will know that after I got my flu shot last year I felt to sick that I had to stop the car and Olson Twin at the side of the road. One of the best examples of creative wordsmithing was brought to us by the Washington Post and their Mensa Invitational New Words Contest. The Post asked for new words that could be created by changing one letter of an existing word, and then supplying a definition. Being a hockey fan, the best I could do was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memorabilyaâ&#x20AC;?, which is an NHL jersey of Ilya Kovalchuk. Their winning word was â&#x20AC;&#x153;cashtrationâ&#x20AC;? (n): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially

impotent for an indefinite period of time. Runners up included â&#x20AC;&#x153;intaxicatonâ&#x20AC;? : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reintarnation â&#x20AC;&#x153;: Coming back to life as a hillbilly; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inoculatteâ&#x20AC;? : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decafalonâ&#x20AC;? (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you; Beelzebug (n.) : Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karmageddonâ&#x20AC;? : Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, a serious bummer. The Post had also asked for alternate meanings for existing words. Readers came up with some gems in this category. They included Coffee, n. the person upon whom one coughs; Flabbergasted, adj. appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained; Abdicate , v. to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach;

that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finally Twentyeleven? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first time since 1999 that we have all actually known what to call the current year. Remember all of those people 10 years ago that thought they were all that and a bag of chips when they kept saying the year was Twentyaught-one? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad that â&#x20AC;&#x153;aughtâ&#x20AC;? jumped the shark quickly. I bet they would all like to refudiate that expression.

Esplanade , v. to attempt an explanation while drunk; Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent; Lymph , v. to walk with a lisp; Balderdash , n. a rapidly receding hairline; Rectitude, n. the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists; Pokemon, n. a Rastafarian proctologist; Oyster, n. a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms; and Circumvent, n. an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men. So, with the new year upon us, I hope that my From the Other Side column entertains you and keeps you abreast of the latest trends that the English language and our new age of media pop culture has to offer. And, by the way, speaking of words and phrases, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you glad

Jeffrey Morris was the 2008 OCNA Columnist of the Year. The literary adroitness bordering on superfluity that would be his book, From the Other Side, is on sale at several bookatoriums, including Pages in Prescott, Manotick Office Pro, and the Barrhaven UPS Store.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011 Page 23

The ObserverCOMMUNITY

Roman Cooper and his grandpa Ken Sine tour around the Memorial Centre during Tim Hortons free skate on Tuesday afternoon.

Photos by Austin de Luis

Amanda Reid with her daughter Kadance Fenlong in tow enjoy a free public skate sponsored by Tim Hortons.

The Memorial Centre was filled with kids and adults alike looking for something to do on Tuesday afternoon. Pictured here from left to right are Kendall and Bailey Giff with their uncle Jeremy Conway.


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